Spotted this Summer prowling the forest of the Minnesota Zoo, in Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA, as a part of their “Dinosaur” animatronic exhibit.
Shot with my Canon SX40 HS,
Tonemapped in Photomatix , layered with a texture and color enhanced in Nik ColorEfex Pro, PSPX5

Tyrannosaurus Rex

Tye – RAN – o – SORE – us Rex
Names means “tyrant lizard king” because it was one of the largest and most powerful dinosaurs

We can determine from fossils that Tyrannosaurus rex was 15-20 feet tall, about 36 feet long and probably weighed around six tons.

What They Ate
T. Rex was a carnivore (meat eater) consuming other reptilian creatures. With its large head and 60 razor-sharp teeth, it could have eaten up to 500 pounds of food in one bite.

Where Fossils Have Been Found In North America
Colorado, South Dakota, and Wyoming

What They Did
Scavenger or Predator? Scientists debate if T. Rex truly was a feared hunter. Since it had a large head and tail which may have made running and turning quickly to catch prey difficult. However, it had forward facing eyes of modern day predators. It begs the question: if T. Rex wasn’t the main predator of its time—who was?

How They Are Doing
Extinct. Lived in the late Cretaceous Period, 85-65 million years ago


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  • peechez2010
    peechez2010almost 2 years ago

    RAWR!!!! This is so cool!! I have been waiting to see some of the shots you got that day here in your porfolio. Excellent work. It is going to do very well…which will call for happy dances. That is a given ;0) Peach

  • Thanks Peach, I was waiting for the right time to slip it into my portfolio, hard for me to just add it between my usual subjects, you just don’t see dinosaurs every day, know what I mean?! Glad you liked it, hoping others do as well! ;~)

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  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedlealmost 2 years ago

    Great work!

  • Thanks Rick!!

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  • swaby
    swabyalmost 2 years ago

    Hey Shutter, I think I know this big guy! Excellent capture and fabulous post work!

    Hope you and Peechez are well!

  • Hey Tina, Great to hear from you, we’ve been out chasing everything from dragonflies to dinosaurs, despite Peechez’ pain, she is a die-hard and a trooper loaded with determination!! Glad you liked this one!!

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  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedalmost 2 years ago

    10-04-12 Congratulations!
    Your outstanding work has been selected for a feature in ★ART UNIVERSE★

    Please click the banner and write a comment on your feature page – we would love that♥

  • Thank you so much Kira, this brought a huge smile to my face today!! I am very honored to have it included among so many outstanding works!

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  • Diane Johnson-Mosley
    Diane Johnson-...almost 2 years ago

    Fantastic capture and treatment!

  • Thank you very much Diane!!

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  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaalmost 2 years ago

    Congratulations on your awesome feature in Kira’s Daily Dazzler!!

  • Thank you very much Deborah!!

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  • peechez2010
    peechez2010almost 2 years ago

    YES! The Daily Dazzler!! Congratulations Shutterbug, You are right, I could tell you felt like a kid again and it made the moment even more fantastic. I was excited that I was able to manage a trip to the dino’s. To hear you there and share the experience was so special. I bet this gets even more attention. Happy dances like crazy for you~ ;0) Peach

  • Thank you Peach, I’m so glad we got to see these before they became “extinct” all over again! ;~) Thank you so much for your support and encouragement, and as always…your happy dances! ;~)

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  • Carol and Mike Werner
    Carol and Mike...over 1 year ago

    Fabulous t-rex, Shutterbug . . . would love to visit that display . . .

  • Thanks, I think you two would really enjoy it, the Minnesota Zoo did an excellent jo oviding a very natural environment, it was like stepping through a time warp several million years!!

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  • Nadya Johnson
    Nadya Johnsonover 1 year ago

    Cutting Edge has been re-opened ~ and your outstanding artwork is among the Features of the Week! (Click on the banner to reach the Forum, where your image is on permanent display!)

    Congratulations, shutterbug!

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  • Thank you so much Nadya, I’m thrilled to have this piece featured in the group!! An honor to be among the first since re-opening, great to have the group open again!!

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  • peechez2010
    peechez2010over 1 year ago

    What outstanding news Shutterbug! Congratulations on your latest feature. I am doing a happy dance for you that looks more like a mummy walk…lol Glad the last one gave you a laugh. I am awake now…right? lol ;0)

  • Thanks Peach, that’s a risk you take when typing tired, good thing you weren’t driving too! ;~) I appreciate the happymummydancewalk! ;~)

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